We received a phone message one day from Janice, the mother of a bride, who was requesting information for her daughter’s wedding the following year. When we called back the following morning, we were surprised to find out that in the meantime, Janice learned that her other daughter who was also getting married a few months from then had already booked us for her own wedding! We were so thrilled to be filming the gorgeous weddings of sisters Nicole and Samantha! With Nicole’s amazing wedding behind us, we were now excited to be heading to Samantha and Christian’s wedding event.
Samantha and Christian’s wedding reception was held at Samantha’s family’s beautiful estate in the Bucks County suburbs of Philadelphia. The grounds of their residence were just perfect for a grand white tent situated right next to the family’s large pond, complete with a wooden dock and sprinkling fountain. The icing on the cake was that Jenny Orsini was the expert planner and organizer of this fantastic tented wedding event and it was so wonderful to work with her again as well.
Our day began right there at the family’s home, with Samantha, her mother and her sisters preparing for the day in her home and the rest of her bridal party across the way in her parents’ residence. Christian got ready with his groomsmen in the pool house, appropriately renamed ‘Christian’s Man Cave’ for the day. We were so glad that the couple shared their card readings with us, always such a special and very meaningful moment in the day. We think our favorite part was the sentence, “don’t go for the person who takes your breath away, but go for the one who reminds you to breathe.” What a wonderful reminder of what a loving relationship and a wonderful marriage is all about.
After hair and makeup was finalized, Samantha received help getting into her beautiful gown from her mother and sisters. Her dress was an amazing strapless gown with a full overlay of beading and lace. It had a wonderful fit and flare silhouette, showcasing a gorgeous long train. She was such a stunning bride!
Then, it was time to travel to St. Paul Parish in Princeton, NJ for the ceremony. It was here that Samantha and Christian had their first look at each other that day, as Samantha was escorted down the aisle by her father. Christian was practically overcome with emotion as he saw his beautiful bride walking towards him. It was such a touching moment. They had a lovely, traditional ceremony and were soon pronounced ‘husband and wife’! As they exited the church, their friends and family all waved white ribbons in celebration!
Following the ceremony, we all headed back to the family’s estate for the remainder of the event. With such a gorgeous property, it was a given that their photo shoot would take place onsite. And it was so nice to work with Valorie and her team from Valorie Darling Photography. During this perfect downtime, the couple also enjoyed a wonderful horse and buggy ride around the estate!
After a relaxing cocktail hour, the reception kicked off inside the massive white tent, complete with glistening chandeliers, sheer gauzy fabric, countless taper candles and amazing blush and white floral centerpieces by A Touch of Elegance Floral & Event Design. The elegant setting was truly a masterpiece of glamour and romance.
Dinner began with a beautiful welcome speech given by Samantha’s father where he reminisced about Samantha and Christian’s years together, followed by wonderfully touching toasts by Christian’s brothers and Samantha’s sisters. We couldn’t help but be moved by the heartfelt emotion that simply poured effortlessly out of each speech given that evening. And after dinner, Posh Entertainment totally rocked the house as they always do!
What a fantastic wedding day this was! And it was such an honor to work with this wonderful family once again. We wish Samantha and Christian a ‘beautiful adventure through their years together’! Congratulations!
Photographer: Valorie Darling Photography – Los Angeles, CA
Floral Design: A Touch of Elegance Floral & Event Design– Randolph, NJ
Hair Stylist: Industry Salon – Giana Martino – Red Bank, NJ
Makeup Artist: Jamie Saunders, Nicole Kasak, Stacey – JaySaunz – NY, NJ, PA
Entertainment: Posh Entertainment – Posh DJs – Cranford, NJ
Wedding Coordinator: Jenny Orsini Events – Jenny Orsini – Berkeley Heights, NJ
Caterer: Max Hansen Caterer – Doylestown, PA
Cake: Iris’ Sweet Side – Holicong, PA
Church: St. Paul Parish – Princeton, NJ
Tent: Sperry Tents – Belmar, NJ
Venue: Private Residence
July 27th, 2018
by Kristi Chapman
in Pennsylvania Wedding Film